July 16, 2024

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Echo “Chafa”

Episode One

Alright, here we are:  the first episode of the first “Marvel Spotlight” mini-series on Disney+.  The idea here is the Spotlight material, though set in the MCU, will not really connect to the greater storyline going on, well, everywhere else.  For some reason, I hadn’t gotten around to it yet, and I figured the thing to do is make it part of my regular weekly coverage here at Gabbing Geek.

I mean, it’s only five episodes.  I think I can handle five episodes.

Actually, I find myself as a mild quandary:  why did I skip this series up until this point?  I usually check out the MCU shows as they come out.  I’m about two months or so late to the party on Echo.  Truth be told, I’m not 100% sure.  Part of it, no doubt, is that Maya “Echo” Lopez was easily the weakest element to the otherwise charming Hawkeye mini-series.  I don’t know if that was because the character was weak or the writing was or the acting.  Storywise, Maya doesn’t really fit into Hawkeye too well unless the idea was to always give her this spin-off.  But does that mean I don’t care for the character?  Eh, not really.  Echo, whether she’s an Avenger or a Daredevil antagonist in the comics, is a decent enough character.  I wouldn’t go out of my way to follow her adventures, but her presence isn’t a deal-killer either.  And quite frankly, though I found Jason Aaron’s Avengers run a little underwhelming compared to how much I enjoy his other work, his run did bond Echo with the Phoenix Force, and that has to be worth something.

Maybe it’s some sort of MCU burn-out in general.  But I don’t think it’s that.  I will readily admit that the MCU isn’t what it used to be, but I don’t think a lot of those movies and TV projects that didn’t win over fans were all bad.  I liked She-Hulk.  I didn’t hate Thor: Love and Thunder.  I can understand why a lot of people didn’t care much for Eternals, and while it wasn’t my favorite, I can at least admire Marvel for trying something new.  Besides, the second Black Panther movie, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and season two of Loki all demonstrated that Marvel Films still has it when they use it correctly, and even stuff like The Marvels and Black Widow were entertaining enough.  Heck, I didn’t even mind the season season of What If? as much as I did the first.

There’s no saving Secret Invasion though.

So, I think it’s safe to say it wasn’t from MCU burnout on my end.  I think, ultimately, it comes down to a lack of time.  I just plain have not had the time to watch the show of late.  When the MCU was spitting out shows that were only weekly and, in some cases, short enough that I could watch them before I went to work, then I was more able to tune in.  Echo dropped all five episodes at once for whatever reason.  I’ve only just now gotten around to the first one.

Honestly, it wasn’t bad, but it didn’t exactly make me want to see more if I weren’t covering it here.  I can always get better, and actress Alaqua Cox does OK with what she’s been given.  After a prologue depicts the Choctaw creation story, the episode then basically gives out Maya’s backstory, showing she was born deaf but lost a leg in a car accident, her trip to New York with her criminal father, her association with the Kingpin, a fairly impressive fight with Daredevil, and a lot of splicing in with scenes of her from Hawkeye, ending with her shooting Fisk in the head at the end of said mini-series.

From there, she returns to her hometown if Tamaha, Oklahoma, looking to from there dethrone Fisk from his seat of power, or at least replace him, a plan that seems a wee bit unwise to her Uncle  Henry, himself involved in organized crime from the looks of things.  Regardless, there is a bounty on Maya’s head, and Fisk, well…he ain’t dead.  It’s a promising start, so maybe I’ll dig this more as I go along.